Sri Lanka top the second test while Pakistan struggles with beatings

Pakistani captain Babar Azam. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP)

Spinner Ramesh Mendis took three wickets to give Sri Lanka command of Monday’s second Test despite a 62 struggle from Pakistan batsman Agha Salman.

Tourists Pakistan, who led the two-game streak 1-0, ended day two 191-7 and were still 187 runs behind Sri Lanka in the first innings in Galle.

Salman resisted the bowling charge with his first Test Fifty, but fell off Prabath Jayasuriya’s left arm in the final moments of the game before stumps were called.

Jayasuriya caught Salman slipping as a drifter got into the right-handed batsman.

Salman, who made his debut in the previous game, put up 46 carries with Yasir Shah and hit on 13 to lift Pakistan 145-6. He expects the lower order to fire on the third day.

“The way the partnership went we wanted to end the day and come back tomorrow to start fresh, but it’s cricket and it’s happening,” said Salman.

“Disappointed but we still have enough thugs who can take advantage of the situation and add to the total,” he added.

“They bowled well to be honest and they didn’t give runs so they took the wickets. They played patient games and we missed that.”

Pakistan suffered from a lack of partnerships after losing game one hero Abdullah Shafique by one duck and skipper Babar Azam with 16 on either side of the lunch break.

Jayasuriya, who took 21 wickets in his first two Tests, bowled Azam on a spinning delivery that caused the edge of the Dangerman’s stick to slam into the stumps.

Imam-ul-Haq tried to rebuild the innings with Mohammad Rizwan, but Dhananjaya de Silva broke through with his off-spin, sending Imam back to 32.

De Silva replaces Dimuth Karunaratne, who missed the field in Pakistan’s innings due to back pain, as captain.

Rizwan hit a couple of boundaries to launch a counterattack but Ramesh kept him trapped with lbw for 24 and a check failed to save the wicketkeeper batsman.

Ramesh also challenged Fawad Alam (24) and Mohammad Nawaz (12) for numbers 3-42.

Pakistan had lost opener Shafique, who hit a match-winning 260 in the first Test when he hit a delivery from Asitha Fernando to his stumps.

Wickets continued to fall but all-rounder Salman, without a wicket in his six overs during Sri Lanka’s innings, played the spinners on the front foot until his dismount.

Sri Lanka had continued the day 315-6 in former captain Angelo Mathews’ landmark 100th Test, with batsman Niroshan Dickwella hitting 51 overnight and a useful 35 cameo from Ramesh in ninth place.

Dickwella, who started the day at 42, hit six fours and a six in his 54-ball knock and believes the pitch for batsmen will improve in time for their second inning.

“Our bowlers bowled really well and that’s why we were able to score seven wickets today,” he told reporters. “Tomorrow it will be a good wicket to take.”

Fast bowler Naseem Shah and leg spinner Yasir each took three wickets to end Sri Lanka’s innings in the first session.

Sri Lanka top the second test while Pakistan struggles with beatings

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